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One in 68 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a developmental condition that falls under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The number of diagnosed cases of ASD is increasing over time, as is the medical community’s understanding of autism. As of now the exact mechanisms underlying the development of autism are not fully understood. However a new study has shed light on a region of the brain whose folding activity is correlated with the display of autistic symptoms.
Israeli singer, keyboardist and songwriter Idan Raichel performed in the Mattin Center on Monday at a question and answer event co-hosted by the Coalition of Hopkins Activists for Israel (CHAI) and the Hopkins Hillel.
At some point, you’ve probably logged on to Facebook to check a quick fact and instead found yourself spending an hour mechanically scrolling through their News Feed. If you’ve felt frustrated that everyone else seems to be having a blast while you’re squinting at an electronic screen, you’re not alone. A recent University of Houston study revealed that the amount of time people spend on Facebook is correlated with symptoms of depression. The study attributed this depression to the social comparisons that Facebook users engage in. Regardless of whether people reported engaging in upward social comparison — contrasting their lives with people whom they consider more popular — or downward social comparison — contrasting with those below them in social standing — they still displayed more depressive symptoms. According to the authors of the study, comparing one’s self to others on Facebook can be more emotionally damaging than in-person social comparisons, because people tend to only post the best aspects of their lives on Facebook. Sophomore Amanda Jan, a member of A Place to Talk (APTT), could not definitively conclude that Facebook is causing depression, but said that other factors are also responsible for feelings of depression among students. “I think it’s really difficult to say because this is the first generation that’s ever had a Facebook,” Jan said. “Obviously, there’s a huge usage of Facebook on our campus and in our generation in general. But I think that either way, whether it’s caused by Facebook or not, the important thing is there is a tremendous need among our generation... for support with mental health.” This was not the first study to tie Facebook to negative emotions. A study conducted by the University of Missouri in February found that Facebook users tend to feel unhappy and envious when they comb through their friends’ pages without liking or commenting on others’ posts. A 2013 study also revealed that Facebook makes its users feel more alienated, and it determined that the users it surveyed had similar personality traits. This outcome could not be explained by arguing that lonely people are more likely to visit Facebook. Another study linked negative body image to time spent on Facebook. After surveying adolescent girls about their use of the site, researchers found that girls who spent a lot of time looking at others’ photos on Facebook tended to be unhappy with their weight. However, the researchers acknowledged that girls who are self-conscious about their appearance may be more likely to view pictures on Facebook than girls who are not. On the other hand, not all research agrees that Facebook is making us sadder. In July of 2009, several researchers found that the amount of Facebook use is correlated with an increase in its users’ social trust, political involvement and life satisfaction. An additional study took a more quantitative approach to linking Facebook with happiness. After analyzing hundreds of millions of posts, it found that a positive Facebook post causes the number of negative posts subsequently made by one’s friends to fall by a factor of two. A negative Facebook post, however, prompts the amount of friends’ positive posts to fall by only a factor of 1.3. This suggests that positive emotions are better transferred through Facebook posts than negative ones. Jan thinks the effect that Facebook has on users’ emotions varies based on their personality, their mood and the particular posts they are looking at. She referred to the blast of statuses on college admissions as one Facebook activity that feels intimidating, but at the same time notes how Facebook can make her more politically informed. “I’m not the kind of person who tends to go out and read articles on my own, but if [my friends] put up articles, I have a tendency to click on them and read them. Whatever way [Facebook’s effect] leans tends to be based on who you are as a person, and how you’re feeling that day, before you even get on Facebook,” Jan said. Jan explained how she would react if a student approaches her and describes symptoms of depression. “One of the things we’re taught in APTT is when someone walks into the room... you don’t know anything about their history or anything if they don’t tell it to you. I wouldn’t first of all assume that Facebook is either correlated to or causing this student to be upset,” she said. “If it does seem to be related to Facebook, I would hope that whoever they talk to can flush it out a little more and then ask how they think they should go about things in the future if Facebook is being a negative impact on their life.”
With the invention of Hello Barbie, a doll that remembers and reacts to its playmates’ comments, toys might soon become as smart as iPhones.
On Friday, a solar eclipse darkened the skies of the North Atlantic for four hours, prompting dramatic photographs for some and disappointment for others in the many countries where cloudy skies unexpectedly blocked the view.
Dr. Ben Carson, a potential candidate in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary elections and a former pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, made controversial remarks regarding homosexuality on Wednesday, sparking debate both nationally and on the Homewood Campus.
Hopkins is partnering with Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), a university in Barcelona, to offer a five-year BA/MA program in World History to eligible students currently majoring in International Studies or History, who also speak Spanish.
The Baltimore City Liquor License Board fined Maxie’s Pizza Bar & Grill $800 and revoked their Beer, Wine & Liquor License for six weeks after two incidents of serving alcohol to underage patrons.
Dr. Albert Chi, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an assistant professor of surgery at the Hopkins School of Medicine, recently decided to construct a prosthetic hand for Patti Anderson, a fourth-grade teacher at Western Salisbury Elementary School after her students wrote to the doctor on her behalf..
In light of the alleged sexual assault that occurred at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) house on Sunday by two men believed to be unaffiliated with the University, the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) voted Monday night to ban open fraternity parties for the rest of the semester and to arrange to have more sober student monitors at fraternity events.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation will provide Hopkins with $5 million, enabling the University to work with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Maryland Film Festival to renovate the Parkway Theater. The theater, located near the corner of Charles Street and North Avenue in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, is slated to open as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Film Center in 2016.
A controversial “JHU Disorientation Guide” was anonymously released online on Wednesday, sparking an uproar on social media among undergraduate students.
Xiaohau Hu, chief research officer and co-chair of Campbell & Co., a Baltimore-based investment firm, gave a talk entitled “Two Envelopes, Siegel’s FX Paradox, and Currency Hedging.”
This fall, students entering Charles Commons will be greeted by smells of chocolate and freshly baked dough emanating from Insomnia Cookies, a national chain offering late-night dessert deliveries that opened on July 22.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) led a demonstration outside of Johns Hopkins Hospital on Aug. 21 in protest of the school’s use of live animals for surgical training.
On Wednesday, President Daniels announced the University’s second annual President's Reading Series.
Professor and mathematician Carey Priebe was one of 36 scholars to receive an Early Concept Grant for Explanatory Research (EAGER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) this August.
In a class-action settlement with more than 8,000 patients, Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million in insurance funds to women whose pelvic exams may have been videotaped or photographed.
A criminal case that was launched against 20-year-old Mohammad Hassan Khalid two years ago drew to a close on April 17. Khalid was charged with aiding convicted terrorist Colleen R. LaRose, who is known online as Jihad Jane, in a plot to kill Lars Vilks, a cartoonist from Sweden. The members of the terror cell considered Vilks’ depictions of Mohammad, the Muslim prophet, to be offensive. In May 2012, Khalid pleaded guilty to collaborating with the group on plans to murder Vilks. Khalid had put together a package with false identity documents for the other members of the terror cell. Khalid’s case was unusual due to his young age, which caused his hearing at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia to command special attention.
The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Office of Transportation have spearheaded the expansion of the Blue Jay Shuttle service to include a new route that goes to Hampden. For the past four Saturdays, the new shuttle line has run from 12:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.